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We have announced the results of our March 2018 exam series in India for Cambridge IGCSE and Cambridge International AS & A Level qualifications. With more than 38,000 entries, the March 2018 series shows a growth of 13 per cent over last year.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects continue to remain popular choices for Indian students. The most popular subjects at Cambridge IGCSE were Mathematics (without coursework), First Language English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. At Cambridge International AS & A Level, the subjects with the highest number of entries were Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Business.
Entries for Cambridge IGCSE Global Perspectives are up by 79 per cent, showing a growing appetite for studying across traditional subject boundaries. The number of entries for Cambridge International IGCSE Computer Science also rose sharply, increasing by 52 per cent. At Cambridge International AS & A Level, the number of entries for Information Technology rose by 153 per cent.
Following feedback from schools, parents and students, Cambridge International added three more subject options to the March 2018 exam series: Cambridge IGCSE Art & Design and Cambridge International AS & A Levels in Psychology and Global Perspectives & Research.
Ruchira Ghosh, Regional Director, South Asia, Cambridge International, said: 'We have continued to receive an overwhelming response to our March exam series since its introduction in India in 2015. We hold exams in March specifically to enable students to get their results in time to meet university deadlines in India, and are adding more subjects to the March series every year. It feels particularly great to see the popularity of a cross-curricular subject like Global Perspectives that nurtures critical thinking, research and collaboration skills through the study of global issues. I take this opportunity to congratulate all the students getting their results today, and thank the teachers and parents for their relentless support.'
The March series was introduced in India to give students the opportunity to pursue higher education in Indian universities or abroad without the loss of an academic year. Many schools in the region have viewed this as a positive move for students.
Manika Sharma, Director, The Shri Ram School, Gurugram, said: 'The March series is a unique option offered by Cambridge International to schools in India as it is in sync with the academic session of the National Board Exams as well as the school, allowing for a seamless transition into grade 11, without a loss of academic time. It also offers students the option of staggering their papers, if required, and taking some later, in the June series. Over the past three years, there has been a distinct surge of interest in parents seeking admission to the Cambridge International programme at The Shri Ram School. Teachers and parents are enthused with the ideology of this curriculum which works through building skills and critical reasoning in students that are much needed as the children advance in classes, and also prepares them for their foray into the real world.'